Civil engineering museum seeks new curator

There's a vacancy for a new volunteer to manage and grow a collection boasting more than 500 items of significance to the industry.

The UK’s only museum dedicated to civil engineering artefacts is looking for a new volunteer to help maintain, and grow, its collection.

The museum, based in Edinburgh’s Heriot Watt University, boasts over 520 items including original Thomas Telford letters and specimens of iron from the Union Chain Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge span when built over the River Tweed in 1820.

Other items in the collection, which date from the mid-18th century right up to the present day, include a hydraulic riveting machine used to construct the Forth Bridge, as well as a wide range of surveying and drawing instruments.

Now after nearly 25 years on the museum’s management committee, current chair David McGuigan wants to ensure the museum continues to go from strength to strength and is looking for an energetic person to carry the baton forward.

“The museum celebrated its 50th birthday this year and along with the other volunteers in our team, I take great pleasure in curating a cross-section of Scotland’s historic civil engineering memorabilia.

“I am very happy to remain in post for the foreseeable and support new volunteers as they take over a vital part of Scotland’s – and indeed the UK’s - civil engineering heritage.”

‘An attractive role for many’

David says the time commitment varies throughout the year and the work includes being involved in acquisitions, research and maintaining the website.

“We know many people first become civil engineers because they have a real affinity for the sector and a commitment to developing and maintaining sustainable infrastructure. This soon develops into a passion ,which is why being a curator at the museum will be an attractive role for many.”

For more details, contact David McGuigan at [email protected]

In 2020, the ICE Scotland Museum created a virtual tour of the museum to allow visitors to explore some of the region's most historic civil engineering memorabilia from anywhere in the world. 

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